November 25, 2022By Shijal Chudasama
‘It’s our time to shine’: Qataris on hosting the World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. The 22nd FIFA World Cup, it is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.

This is the second World Cup hosted entirely in Asia after the 2002 competition in South Korea and Japan. It is also the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world.

It is presently the most costly World Cup to have ever been held, with a projected cost of nearly $220 billion. The 2018 FIFA World Cup final saw France defeat Croatia 4-2 to retain their title.

As the field will grow to 48 teams for the 2026 edition, this event will likely be the last with 32 competing teams. This World Cup is being staged in November and December due to the extreme summer heat in Qatar.


It is being performed over a shorter 29-day period. Eight locations in five cities are hosting 64 matches. At Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, the opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador. Qatar lost 2-0 in their World Cup debut, becoming the first host nation to drop its first match.

 The final will be held on 18 December 2022 at Lusail Stadium, coinciding with Qatar's National Day.

The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar has received criticism, especially in the Western world. Accusations of sportswashing resulted from criticism of Qatar's subpar human rights record, which included how they treated migrant labor and women as well as their stance on LGBT rights.

 Others have said Qatar's intense climate and lack of a strong football culture is evidence of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption

Several nations, teams, and players announced their boycotts of the event. Former FIFA head Sepp Blatter twice called awarding Qatar the hosting rights a "mistake," while current FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended the decision. The debate was characterized as a cultural clash between Western secular liberal democracies and Islamic morality.

Since being awarded hosting rights in 2010, Qatar has spent more than $200bn on developing and improving infrastructure, including building seven new football stadiums.

Its total area is only 11,586 square kilometers (4,473 square miles), making it smaller than Sydney, Australia. The distance from the southernmost tip of the peninsula to Qatar's northernmost point is only 200 kilometers (124 miles).

‘It’s our time to shine’: Qataris on hosting the World Cup

For the opening match where Qatar played Ecuador, around 60,000 fans were packed into the Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al-Khor, whose exterior was designed to resemble a traditional Bedouin tent.

Fireworks, singing and dancing marked the opening ceremony, with performances mixing themes of Qatari tradition with other cultures.

Qatar welcomed football fans from around the world with a beautiful verse from the holy Quran to call for global unity. Oscar winner


narrated the opening segment of the 2022 World Cup, titled 'The Calling', telling viewers: 'We all gather here in one big tribe.’

‘It’s our time to shine’: Qataris on hosting the World Cup

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